President Obama may be deliberately providing military aid to al Qaeda and Hezbollah jihadist forces in Libya. Warnings of the likelihood of such behavior emanated yesterday from several sources:
“A former leader of Libya’s al Qaeda affiliate says he thinks ‘freelance jihadists’ have joined the rebel forces, as NATO’s commander told Congress on Tuesday that intelligence indicates some al Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists are fighting Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. Former jihadist Noman Benotman who renounced his al Qaeda affiliation in 2000, said in an interview that he estimates 1,000 jihadists are in Libya. On Capitol Hill, Adm. James Stavridis, the NATO commander, when asked about the presence of al Qaeda terrorists among the rebels, said the leadership of the opposition is made up of ‘responsible men and women.’ ‘We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al Qaeda, Hezbollah,’ the four-star admiral said. ‘We’ve seen different things. But at this point, I don’t have detail sufficient to say that there’s a significant al Qaeda presence, or any other terrorist presence, in and among these folks.’ Outside observers generally estimate the number of trained Libyan fighters to be about 1,000.” Eli Lake, ’1,000 ‘freelance jihadists join Libyan rebels’, The Washington Times, March 30, 2011
This information does not come unexpectedly out of the blue. For several years, experts have pointed to long-standing ties between terrorist networks and Libyan opposition groups:
“It’s almost a certitude that at least part of the Libyan opposition includes members of al Qaeda,” said Bruce Riedel, a former senior CIA analyst and adviser to President Obama. “I would hope that we now have a good sense of the opposition in Libya and can say that this is 2 percent, not 20 percent,” he said. “If we don’t then we are running the risk of helping to bring to power a regime that could be very dangerous” The Washington Post, March 30, 2011
Libya, for years, has been a fertile recruiting ground for al Qaeda. Libyans have served in senior ranks of the terrorist network and poured into Iraq in disproportionately large numbers to carry out attacks on U.S. forces. The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a sworn enemy of Colonel Gaddafi, formally joined al-Qaeda in 2007.
In full knowledge of this dangerous involvement of terrorist groups with the Libyan opposition to Colonel Gaddafi, President Obama yesterday indicated that he will not rule out arming the Libyan rebels should Colonel Gaddafi hold out against them.
In my book, if President Obama arranges for arms to be shipped to Libyan rebels,or allows U.S. military aircraft to strafe Colonel Gaddafi’s army and military supplies, in full knowledge that the rebellion is directed or propped up by al Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists, he should be ‘removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason’. Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 4.